Pink Floyd followed the commercial breakthrough of Dark Side of the Moon with Wish You Were Here, a loose concept album about and dedicated to their founding member Syd Barrett. The record unfolds gradually, as the jazzy textures of “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” reveal its melodic motif, and in its leisurely pace, the album […]

After releasing maybe the most explosive hard rock album of the early 2000s with You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, the duo of bassist Jesse F. Keeler and drummer/vocalist Sebastien Grainger became victims of their own success. Excessive touring and a growing distance between the two caused the acrimonious dissolution of Death from Above 1979. […]


This theatre production, based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, is adapted by Nick Stafford in association with Hand Spring Puppet Company. This is a story of a foal’s journey through life & how he touches the lives of so many to survive the reality of life. This production opens with the birth of the […]

After a second album that added some decidedly mid-fi punch and pop to their lo-fi, lilting sound, Tennis’ third album, Ritual in Repeat, continues down the same path. Working again with the Black Keys’ Patrick Carney on about half the album, the band’s sound is muscular and straightforward, with James Barone’s drums driving the songs […]

Thirteen years passed between Drukqs and Syro, the fifth and sixth Aphex Twin albums. The long stretch, however, wasn’t short on new material from Richard D. James. From 2005 through early 2014, the frequently dazzling Analord EPs (all but one of which was credited to AFX), an EP and LP as the Tuss, and a […]

As the calendar turned to 2014, rapper, producer, and trip-hop icon Tricky had spent a couple years decrying his classic 1995 debut Maxinquaye, calling it a directionless “coffee-table album,” as if it were up to him. Like 2013’s False Idols, Adrian Thaws (Tricky’s real name) is further proof that the man’s ideas about what’s good […]


In the U.S., Soft Cell, the British duo of singer Marc Almond and instrumentalist David Ball, was a classic one-hit wonder, that hit being the remake of Gloria Jones’ “Tainted Love,” which dominated dance clubs and eventually peaked in the pop Top Ten with its synth-pop sound and Almond’s plaintive vocal in 1981-1982. In the […]

The third studio album and first release on the Brighton, England-based group’s own Nostromo label, A New Nature finds Esben & the Witch refining their signature blend of doom folk and gothic alt-rock, allowing famed audio distiller Steve Albini to strip away the layers of caustic atmosphere and present the trio in its rawest form. […]

Lateness of Dancers, Hiss Golden Messenger’s debut for Merge, is a more melodic and polished affair than we’re used to; it is also true that founder and songwriter M.C. Taylor’s songwriting and vision have grown considerably since 2013’s fine Haw. Lateness of Dancers — its title taken from a Eudora Welty story — retains that […]

Building from their 2005 debut EP, Young Mountain, Texas instrumental act This Will Destroy You moved from tense, brooding post-rock territory into a far heavier territory. A few years into their craft, the quartet had honed a sound relying on equal influence from bludgeoning doom metal and textural shoegaze guitar tones while still holding on […]

The fourth long-player from the gutsy roots rockers-turned arena-ready alt-pop spellcasters, Into the Wide offers up a more cohesive set of Americana-kissed electro-pop anthems than its strangely inert, eponymous 2012 predecessor did, invoking names like Coldplay, Elbow, the Killers, and even Electric Light Orchestra in the process. The latter looms large on the cavernous opener […]


Thanks to good timing and some great singles, the Breeders’ second album, Last Splash, turned them into the alternative rock stars that Kim Deal’s former band, the Pixies, always seemed on the verge of becoming. Joined by Deal’s twin sister Kelley — with whom Kim started the band while they were still in their teens […]

After several ambitious projects that included 2009’s back-to-back albums Scars and Zephyr, the following year’s collaboration with Metropole Orkest, and their Attack the Block score, Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton devoted some time to their lives outside of Basement Jaxx. Their break coincided with the EDM boom of the late 2000s and early 2010s, and […]


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